Saturday, October 10, 2009

Congratulations, Mr. President !

With awe and excitement I heard the news today that our President, President Obama, has been chosen to receive the Peace Nobel Prize this year 2009!

With this backing a new era will begin, I am sure of it.
An era of peace and ending wars.

There are so many other possibilities to end international conflicts.
So many people are researching and working on ways to peaceful solving conflicts, normally not seen by the public.

First of all there is the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an organization that conducts scientific research into questions of conflict and cooperation of importance for international peace and security, in order to contribute to an understanding of the conditions for peaceful solutions to international conflicts and for a stable peace, founded in 1966 to commemorate 150 years of unbroken peace in Sweden.

And there is The Carter Center, a nongovernmental organization founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter. In partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center works to advance human rights and alleviate human suffering.

There is the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK) at the University of Heidelberg, a private organization dedicated to research, documentation and analysis of national and international political conflicts, founded 1991.

There is the Center for Conflict Resolution (CICR), founded 1997 by Prof. Andrea Bartoli as the International Conflict Resolution Program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

There is the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict that promotes the study and utilization of nonmilitary strategies by civilian-based movements to establish and defend human rights, social justice and democracy, based in Washington DC, since its founding in 2001.

There is the non-governmental Conflict Solutions International (CSI) organization incorporated in February 2003 in the District of Columbia.

And there is the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), established in 1984, an independent, nonpartisan, government-funded institution established and funded by the United States Congress with a long list of achievements.

To see all this effort is a promising development, and this experience should be used.

How come that there are still wars in this world?
How come that since medieval ages the methods of war have been developed, but methods of peace and conflict resolution seems to be have not been used?

There is the International Center for Transitional Justice ICTJ, founded in 2001 dedicated to pursuing accountability for mass atrocity and human rights abuse through transitional justice mechanisms. Their specialty are Judicial investigations of those responsible for human rights violations. Prosecutors frequently emphasize investigations of the "big fish": suspects considered most responsible for massive or systematic crimes.

Why wasn't there a prosecution of Osama bin Laden instead of a great war with a lot of atrocities?

It could have been done!

Why wasn't there a prosecution of Saddam Hussein instead of a great war with a lot of atrocities?
It could have been done!

Peace is possible.
Nonviolence is the method.

End wars!
End Poverty!
Give Peace a Chance!



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